The pseudorabies virus protein, pUL56, enhances virus dissemination and virulence but is dispensable for axonal transport

Gina R. Daniel, Patricia J. Sollars, Gary E. Pickard, Gregory A. Smith

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Neurotropic herpesviruses exit the peripheral nervous system and return to exposed body surfaces following reactivation from latency. The pUS9 protein is a critical viral effector of the anterograde axonal transport that underlies this process. We recently reported that while pUS9 increases the frequency of sorting of newly assembled pseudorabies virus particles to axons from the neural soma during egress, subsequent axonal transport of individual virus particles occurs with wild-type kinetics in the absence of the protein. Here, we examine the role of a related pseudorabies virus protein, pUL56, during neuronal infection. The findings indicate that pUL56 is a virulence factor that supports virus dissemination in vivo, yet along with pUS9, is dispensable for axonal transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2016



  • Herpesvirus
  • Nervous system
  • PRV
  • UL56
  • US9
  • Virulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology

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